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In April, the town of Coventry, Rhode Island, agreed to loan the Coventry Fire District $300,000 in order to keep it operational for three more weeks after it was ordered to close due to insufficient funds. Three of the district’s five fire stations have already closed. The fate of the fire district was contingent upon the possibility of tax reform, which was put to a vote in March. After taxpayers overwhelmingly struck down a proposed increase in fire taxes, the court felt there was no other option than to mandate that the fire district be liquidated. Forty-five firefighters and the fire chief will lose their jobs.
Whole Foods Market, an international grocery chain known for its focus on natural and organic foods, has announced it will require labeling of all products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by 2018. It will be the first grocery chain to implement such a requirement. Co-CEO John Mackey claims the move is in response to government inaction.
A study published last month by researchers from Brown University and the Miriam Hospital indicates that the number of new infections of HIV may be increasing on college campuses across southern New England.
While many Rhode Islanders complain about the biting temperatures this season, with lows consistently below freezing, the winter can be a particularly dangerous time for those living outdoors. Vital statistics for the homeless are not officially recorded by the government, but it is estimated that hundreds of homeless die every year in the United States due to freezing temperatures. Though hypothermia is a primary concern, the cold can also exacerbate existing health conditions from which many of the homeless already suffer, such as hepatitis or tuberculosis. According to a recent count taken in December, over 150 homeless people in Rhode Island are living outdoors.